Friday, August 27, 2010

wanting to give up, but trying to hold on.

"The Lord may not answer our prayers right away, but He will always answer them on time."

"Patience means active waiting and enduring. It means staying with something and doing all that we can -- working, hoping, and exercising fatih; bearing hardship with fortitude, even when the desires of our hearts are delayed. Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well!"

"Obey spiritual promptings without delay...When I have any doubt about what seems to be inspiration, I ask the Lord to sweep away my own biases and to reaffirm His will in my heart and in my mind."

These quotes and this talk are what I am clinging to right now as I try to have faith in the Lord's timetable rather than my own.

Hope Sig1

Monday, August 23, 2010

Craft Camp: 2010 Edition

Cake-Decorating Craft Camp:

Medieval Craft Camp:

Princess Maryn
Princess Lindsey
Lady Lauren
Queen Halle
---------- Court Jester Carson
Princess Brianne

Lady Ashley

Friday, August 20, 2010

what are my childrens' hopes, dreams, or fears? do i know?

"Where family meals are concerned, it's not the food, but the family interaction that nourishes the soul... Do you take the time to talk about their hopes and dreams and fears? ...For our interactions to truly touch their hearts, we have to pay attention to them just as we would a trusted adult colleague or close friend. Most important is letting them talk, then asking them questions, then being willing to listen. Yes, listen. And listen some more."

Sunday, August 1, 2010

what i love most about going home to vernal...

1. I love waking up early and stepping out on my parents west porch to see the blue, blue sky -- is it just me or does Vernal have fewer clouds than most places? -- and sucking in a long, deep breath of sweet-smelling air! 2. Mom & Dad's backyard -- I love how big it is, how much grass there is, that my kids have so much fun playing in it, and that it's surrounded by pretty fields (and horses!)
3. Mom's sewing room -- she's incredibly gifted. Many beautiful quilts, dresses, and other fine projects have come from this room and her talented hands.
4. Brett's favorite spot: the recliner!
5. Mom's Peonies...when we were there in June they were in full bloom. I couldn't stop walking by them!
6. the KITCHEN - Comfort food = Mom's food!
7. The sound of their back doorbell - we always know it's family when it's the BACK doorbell that rings. I love the out-of-tune "PING" it makes! I especially love the duet of "PING/RECLINER RELEASE"...that means Mom or Dad is getting out of their recliner to see who's here. Those two sounds go together like Steineker & Reservoir.
8. The Kitchen Table -- I associate this sight with lots of laughter, story-telling, game-playing (Arizona Rules, of course), and family togetherness.
9. Mom's super-annoying Bird Clock - I hate but love it at the same time. I'd totally miss it if it were gone. A different bird sings to you at the top of every hour. My favorites? The Woodpecker (4:00), Goose (5:00) and Owl (12:00).
10. This view. I love to see Anderton's horses running in the pasture. And in the winter time, a cool frosted oval greets you every morning in the middle of the bay window. Many a grandbaby has stood against the back of the couch excitedly watching the horses gallop by.
I miss Vernal. It's changed in so many ways, and I've changed in so many ways, that the Wasatch Front feel much more like my home now, but there's something about where you grew up, the house you were raised in, the people and memories you cherish, that make going back feel like "home", too. I may never live there again--in fact I'd be very surprised if I did--but I'm so grateful I get to go visit. It's's like you walk in, sit down, put your feet up, and exhale a huge "Ahhhhh". You can be yourself, you can feel safe, and no matter what, there's unconditional love waiting for you there.
"The democracy will cease to exist when you TAKE AWAY from those who are willing to work AND GIVE to those who would not."

Thomas Jefferson